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Friday, 20 October 2017

Night Walk At MacRitchie Reservoir Park (20 Oct 2017)

The weather has been exceptionally hot and dry this week, a great contrast to last week's rainy weather. Logically with such dry weather it would be better to go to Windsor Nature Park as the place is always fruitful regardless of the weather, nevertheless my friend HW and I decided to go MacRitchie Reservoir Park, partly because I have not visited the place for a while and partly because HW has not been to the place at night before.

When we reached the place, it was as expected - the place was bone dry. With one week of hot and dry weather, some plants are already starting to wilt. Here's an interesting cricket on a dried up leaf. This type of cricket can grow to very large size and I ever encountered them as big as 80 mm, which is pretty amazing. For some strange reason, this cricket always remind me of Disney's Jiminy Cricket.

The first beetle for the trip was a 5 mm Darkling Beetle on a small tree.

Not much action until we came to patch of Singapore Rhododendron plant (Melastoma malabathricum) where several different Chafer Beetles were found.

Moving on, we came across a recently fallen tree where this lone Fungus Weevil (Eucorynus crassicornis) was found.

Nearby was a 3 mm Darkling Beetle.

The place was so dry that even the fallen trees were mostly bone dry and hardly any beetles were in sight. After walking for a while, I was glad to be able to find a small log with several of this Darkling Beetles (Ceropria induta).

A few centimeters from the Darkling Beetle were several of this 4 mm Ground Beetle (Coptodera marginata).

While photographing another of the Coptodera marginata beetle, this 5 mm Long Horned Beetle (Eoporis elegans) was "found" just a few centimeters away.

More walking without finding any beetles until finding this 10 mm first-time-encountered Weevil Beetle on the side of a medium size tree.

Next to the Weevil Beetle was a small 5 mm Darkling Beetle (Strongylium tenuipes).

Directly opposite the trail were several of this 10 mm red legged Darkling Beetle (Strongylium sp.)

More walking until this small 5 mm Darkling Beetle found at the base of a tree.

Nearby to the Darkling Beetle, HW spotted this beetle (Darkling Beetle?) on a leaf.

Moving further down the trail, I was surprised to find this Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi) on a small healthy tree.

Coming to a dying tree, a 3 mm Dark Beetle was found on it.

On the same tree, I was thrilled to find a Long Horned Beetle (Coptops annulipes).

A stone's throw from the Long Horned Beetle was a small tree with several of this beetle larvae on it.

On the same tree was this 15 mm Darkling Beetle.

Time passed by quickly and it was time to turn back. Just at this point, a beetle pupa was found on a tree at the turnaround point.

The last beetle for the trip was a 2 mm Darkling Beetle.

Although we were not expecting much from this trip, the number of beetles encountered was still pretty decent.